Our commitment

Committed to exploring issues of equality and social justice, and fostering the understanding of complex human conditions, the Department of Human Development (HDEV) at the Binghamton University College of Community and Public Affairs values diversity, inclusion and the promotion of positive human development without our rapidly changing global environment.

What our students learn

Through our rigorous curriculum and practical field experiences, HDEV students learn to:

  • think critically
  • analyze social issues
  • apply knowledge by linking theory and practice
  • develop an understanding of self and others as situated in history and community
  • develop an understanding for global-local issues and relations of power
  • demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which oppression affects development
  • demonstrate knowledge, sensitivity and skill in working with diverse populations
  • engage in a critical analysis of the concept of human service in the socio-cultural contexts

Where an HDEV education can take you

Our graduates are employed in diverse and inclusive settings including social services, schools, child-care organizations, the criminal justice system, healthcare agencies, mental health programs and community-development organizations. Many of our undergraduates continue to graduate school in fields such as social work, higher education administration, school and community counseling, education, criminal justice and law. 

The CCPA Career and Professional Services Office and the Fleishman Career and Professional Development Center can help with career placement.